Adventure bikes have gained quite a lot of popularity in recent years, and have arguably become the most popular type of big bikes in the Philippine market. These days, customers are spoilt for choice when it comes to adventure bikes. With entry level machines like the KTM 390 Adventure, and top-shelf bikes like the BMW R 1250 GS, getting into adventure riding is easier than ever. That being said, here are 5 reasons why you should get an adventure bike.
Big bikes aren't particularly the most practical machines out there. The fact of the matter is just that big bikes are often seen as fancy toys other than actual workhorse machines. That said, most naked bikes and sportbikes often come with hardly any storage compartments at all—as opposed to scooters which come with loads of under-seat storage. Now, adventure bikes up the ante when it comes to big bike versatility. The fact that they were built to go anywhere and go the distance means that they come chock-full of standard and optional features some of which including large fuel capacities and optional storage and luggage accessories. That means you could very well have a decked out Royal Enfield Himalayan as your daily rider as well as your weekend adventurer.
Most adventure bikes in the market are fitted with components which afford them some degree of off-road capability. Understandably so, as oftentimes, the spirit of adventure takes us beyond the confines of the paved, open road. That said, adventure bikes give you the confidence to push the limits of your riding, providing you with the added safety net of increased ground clearance, off-road capable tires, and sometimes, advanced electronics to keep the power in check.
Given the fact that adventure bikes have been designed to tackle long distance rides as well as some off-road riding, it’s no surprise that most ADVs are pretty comfortable machines. This boils down to three things. Firstly, adventure bikes come equipped with plush, long-travel suspension setups which are designed to absorb big hits. As a result, this suspension setup makes the bike a lot more comfortable on the street. Secondly, adventure bikes Secondly, ergonomics. ADVs more often than not feature very upright ergonomics which make it extremely easy for the rider to maneuver the bike off-road, as well as provide maximum comfort for long highway stints.
When adventure calls, sometimes, we find ourselves hundreds of kilometers away from home, in a far-flung province, shredding the fire roads and single tracks. Given how far our urge for adventure can take us, having access to the nearest on-ramp on any one of Luzon’s major expressways is an extremely handy benefit. Luckily, nearly all adventure bikes available in the market are expressway legal, meaning that they’re registered with at least 400cc in displacement.
Lots to choose from
As mentioned earlier, the boom in popularity of adventure bikes in recent years has given consumers the privilege of choice. Just a couple of years ago, adventure bikes were limited to high-displacement machines which would, more often than not, be too much to handle for first-time riders, not to mention extremely beyond most people’s budgets. These days, however, bikes like the Royal Enfield Himalayan have lowered the barrier to entry both in terms of outright performance and price point. On the other end of the spectrum, the advent of sophisticated electronic rider aids has made high-performance ADVs all the more safer and beginner friendly.